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    Aftre my a levels, i want to study nursing but I dont know wether to do the degree or diploma!!! Ne1 have any views??

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    Aftre my a levels, i want to study nursing but I dont know wether to do the degree or diploma!!! Ne1 have any views??
    If you are sufficiently qualified go for degree. Most of those nurses who already have diplomas are now studying for degrees to keep ahead in the promotion stakes.
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    (Original post by Ema_ejp)
    Aftre my a levels, i want to study nursing but I dont know wether to do the degree or diploma!!! Ne1 have any views??
    Usually the rule follows that degrees are worth more than diploma but I'm not sure in the case of Nursing. However if you did do a degree and decided you did not want to do Nursing, a degree is still a degree in the eyes of an employer which is valued more than a diploma.
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    Not sure what your location is but here in the states a nursing degree holds alittle more weight than the diploma. You are taught more in the degree progam. It comes down to how much you can afford, how much time you have for school and what kind of position you want in the end.
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    (Original post by Ema_ejp)
    Aftre my a levels, i want to study nursing but I dont know wether to do the degree or diploma!!! Ne1 have any views??
    Apply for both and see how good your A levels turn out at, diploma courses are applied to through NMAS and degrees through UCAS so it's perfectly ok to apply for both courses at any universities you want to.

    Diploma's are generally for people who get D's & E's at a level - in fact you can get onto a diploma course with just 5 GCSEs, so it's a good insurance policy to be accepted onto a diploma course.

    The degree level course gives you a higher qualification (and one that's recognised outside of nursing if you even want to change career). I'm not sure what the implications are pay wise once you qualify but I would imagine you would enter into the job at a slightly higher grade. I also think nurses with just the Dip have to take a post-registration course to progress all the way up the career ladder.
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    Thanx, the problem is when you finish either course you can only apply for a grade d nursing post, so in reality if I do a degree, i get into debt, if i do a diploma, i get 100 pound a week which does not have to be paid back. I can also top up the diploma to a degree standard in a year.........and I can do this part time whilst i am working???

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    Usually the rule follows that degrees are worth more than diploma but I'm not sure in the case of Nursing. However if you did do a degree and decided you did not want to do Nursing, a degree is still a degree in the eyes of an employer which is valued more than a diploma.
    A degree is a must if you are ambitious. All nurses now have diplomas. My daughter has been a diploma nurse for several years. She has managed to scale the promotion ladder from D - G grade is a short time because she is constantly on a learning curve and is now a nurse specialist. Her ambition is to become a Nurse Consultant (only 42 in country thus far) and all the way to this there is an absolute need for degree status. However, if you think you may be content with remaining on the wards in junior supervisory capacity then for the time being a diploma will suffice. This may change in time as the demands for more and more qualified staff will eventually result in all nurses 'converting' to degree.

    hiya im in the same situation i went to an open day at Edge Hill and was told that the degree is more work but its better to have.
    Im on my second year of AVCE Health and Social care now and thought that i would be able to go to uni next year but i cant because i cant apply to NMAS until i actually have the grades so i have to wait until 2005!! gutted!!

    Hello ladeez, what made you lot go into nursing and not Medecine?

    we were told by nursing teacher person that if u only get diploma u cant go up in ranks of nurses get stuck at bottom coupla levels but with degreee u can s x.

    are u at college now? and r u going on to nursing at uni?
    if u r going to uni r u doing degree or diploma and b4 u apply what qualifications will u have? sorry 4 all the questions lol
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    It's possible you won't even have to decide now - a lot of unis allow you to spend the first 2 years doing a diploma and then stay on for a 3rd year to get the degree.

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    Can someone please tell me why you ladeez, want to go into Nursing instead of Medicine?
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    because i want to be a nurse! lol y u askin that?
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    Are there any student Nurses on here if so do u have any advice?
    what to put in a personal statement?
    do u need experience?
    what the interview is like?
    diploma or degree?
    how do u find the work?
    qualifications gained before going to uni
    and so on i would love to hear what you have had to do x x x

    surely a doctor is better maybe?
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    My mate wants to be a midwife. Anyone care to advise her on the best route? She wants to be qualified for midwifery right away, but I reckon she should go the other route and become a nurse first. There are more degree courses for nursing around and it would help her in case she decided on a career switch. Any ideas?
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    (Original post by donnaxx)
    Are there any student Nurses on here if so do u have any advice?
    what to put in a personal statement?
    do u need experience?
    what the interview is like?
    diploma or degree?
    how do u find the work?
    qualifications gained before going to uni
    and so on i would love to hear what you have had to do x x x
    Experience is probably a must for a nursing course, anything in a caring capacity would be good but especially if you can spend some time in a hospital environment that would look even better.

    Personal statement should say why you want to be a nurse- what that means for you personally and where you hope to go career wise (esp. if you know a particular field you want to go in to) and explain any experience you've got already or anything you've got planned for the near future.

    Degrees are probably better, but you can do a diploma first and then go back whenever to do an extra year and make it a degree. So it's not too important to do it straight away. Also a lot of diplomas are taught alongside the first 2 years of a degree - worth bearing in mind.

    I'm not a student nurse, I've just done a lot of research as I was interested in midwifery a few months ago!

    Qualifications gained = different for diplomas and degrees. You can go on to a diploma after your GCSEs but you need (usually a minimum of 2) A levels (a lot of places like a science or social science subject) to go on to a degree (you can do nursing at kcl so have a look at their website for specific requirements, and that will show you the higher end of requirements).

    Have a look at NMAS as well , as the application process for nursing is different. Also it's worth looking at NHS websites to see which courses they fund (certain courses will be paid for by the nhs, they need nurses!)

    Hope this was somewhat helpful
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    i doctor is better but im not clever enough!!

    A girl on my course also wants to be a midwife but the intake for are local uni's is 10 a year so it will be really hard for her so i think she is going to apply for a degree in adult nursing the intake for nurses at edge hill is 125 a year she will then do the 18month extended course for midwifery, not only are her chances better for gettin were she wants to be but she is going to have alot more experience because she will have he degree in nursing and then in midwifery
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    thanx fionah
    im actually on my 2nd year of an AVCE Health and social care course which when ive finished will be 2 levels, and im doing AS Citizenship, NCFE Counselling certificate and re-sitting GCSE English. I would like to be a childrens nurse but have no experience of working in hospitals, although ive worked in schools and nurserys. I had the NMAS application form but you have to already have the qualifcaitons before you apply which means i will have to wait until 2005 before i could go to uni. Which means i will have a gap year and nothing to do init which i dont really want. But our college and Edge Hill do some thing were are students can apply for 2004 BUT when i went to the Edge hill open day they said Diploma course is full until 2005 and there are still places for Degree 2004. But to do the degree i think u need CC or above. I hav a C now for my first part but may not keep my mark up this year and if i dont pass English i dont know what im going to do. so i will apply for the degree and keep my fingers crossed. I know if you do a diploma you get a bursary of the NHS does any body know if this is the same for a degree
 
 
 
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